Pretirement: The Perfect Compromise?

by FI Fighter on December 18, 2014

in Thoughts


I play with electronics all day long, but I don’t believe in binary numbers. Nor black and white, for that matter. Rather, I believe the real-world is much more complex than that and filled with [click to continue…]


It’s been a long while, but today’s transaction signals my shift in strategy back to dividend growth stocks. It’s kind of hard for me to believe, but prior to today’s purchase, I hadn’t picked up ANY dividend stocks since late 2012!

Two years later, I’m back where I started from. I used today as an opportunity to [click to continue…]


Early FI: How Bad Do You Really Want It?

by FI Fighter on December 14, 2014

in Thoughts


I first discovered the concept of early financial independence in late 2011. I vividly remember coming home from work late one night, totally burned out as usual, and having no desire to do anything else other than to plop myself  [click to continue…]


November 2014 Net Worth Update

by FI Fighter on December 12, 2014

in Net Worth

Just one more week until company shutdown and then I’m off to Miami! Yup, it’s that time of year again… When winter comes rolling around, I’m making it a habit to flee to someplace warm! Hawaii sounds just about [click to continue…]


In the last post, I did some reflection and concluded that I needed to be more careful with my investments as I try and navigate through the last stages of early FI.

And just like it is my nature, I then go around and do something the complete opposite of that (explanation below)! This week, I put in an offer for another Bay Area rental property, and just learned that the seller accepted the bid!

So, just like that, I am now under contract to [click to continue…]


The Many Emotional Stages of Wealth Building

by FI Fighter on December 1, 2014

in Thoughts


Lately, I’ve been hanging out with a lot of successful investors. Multi-millionaires, if you will, who could EASILY retire tomorrow and live out the rest of their lives in extreme comfort and relaxation. However, time and time again, I find that these people are now even more consumed with building [click to continue…]


Thanksgiving Week (A Time for Reflection…)

by FI Fighter on November 26, 2014

in Progress

The week of Thanksgiving has got to be my favorite time of year. Although I don’t partake much in Black Friday shopping, it’s all the other things about Thanksgiving week that I love: getting away from work, spending time with family, eating well, relaxing, watching football, and finding time to reflect back on everything that’s happened this year.

It was 3 years ago when my journey to early FI first began! During Thanksgiving week of 2011, I stumbled upon the Early Retirement Extreme website for the first time, and things have never been the same since. I gobbled up [click to continue…]



As readers may know, I’ve been trying to get money out of my rentals (unsuccessfully) for a little over a year now. I have quite a bit of equity built up into my Bay Area rentals, and have wanted to tap into it for the longest time…

One thing I failed to account for when I was loading up on rental properties is just how much more difficult I was making things for myself by taking on more loans. Getting a cash out refi using a big name bank is [click to continue…]


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One thing I’ve been realizing as of late is that buying shares of stocks is a whole heck of a lot easier than buying rental property. :) As such, I used today as another opportunity to pick up some more shares of Alibaba (BABA).

Payday is not until this upcoming Friday, but I thought I would jump the gun and buy some [click to continue…]


October 2014 Cash Flow Statement

by FI Fighter on November 16, 2014

in Cash Flow


The holiday season is now just around the corner, so I will start having to think about what gifts to give my tenants this year. Overall, it’s been a pretty solid year for cash flow, as each rental has managed to stay in the green. For that, I am most thankful! At the conclusion of the year, I will tally up all the numbers and calculate the total return for the year.

Not everything is peachy though, as I am currently battling an eviction and will have to [click to continue…]


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